The Well Living Lab has been created by experts in the emerging science of indoor health and wellness. Additional expertise comes into the lab through the Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of national and international experts in a variety of disciplines that complement and advise the ongoing research and studies in the lab.
Chair, Well Living Lab Scientific Advisory Board + Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D., is the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, the former Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation. He has also held positions as Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Medicine (DOM), Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Chair of the DOM, all at Mayo Clinic.
In 2005, while Chair of the DOM, he created the Program in Innovative Health Care Delivery that included SPARC, a multidisciplinary team of designers and project managers embedded in the Mayo Clinic clinical practice. His approach to transforming the experience and delivery of health care is based on the disciplines of innovation and design thinking; it was modeled on the scientific method including observation, hypothesis generation, prototypes and pilots. This effort led to the creation in 2008 of the CFI currently employing over 50 individuals from diverse disciplines. He coauthored a book entitled “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast” describing the fusion method of innovation that is the hallmark of Mayo’s CFI. Subsequent to launching the CFI, Dr. LaRusso developed the strategy and business plans for Mayo’s Affiliated Network Initiative as well as Mayo’s new Center for Connected Care to extend Mayo’s expertise beyond bricks and mortar. Dr. LaRusso received his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Boston College, his M.D. degree from New York Medical College, and his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Mayo, the latter as an NIH fellow in the laboratory of Alan Hofmann. Before assuming a faculty position at Mayo, he was a guest investigator at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of the Noble laureate, Christian de Duve. A member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, he is the former editor of GASTROENTEROLOGY and past president of both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Among other honors, he is a recipient of a MERIT Award and the Principle Investigator on two R01s and on a Silvio Conte Digestive Diseases Center grant, all from NIH. He has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the AGA, and was ranked in the top 1% of physicians in the country by US News and World Report.
Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley
Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in the Building Science Program of the Dept. of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center with over 40 industry partners from various sectors of the building industry. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings to simultaneously minimize energy consumption while enhancing indoor environmental quality. She has particular interests in thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation and mixed-mode buildings, and personalized environmental control. Among her many service activities, Dr. Brager was the founding Chair of the Research Committee of the US Green Building Council. She is an ASHRAE Fellow and Past-President of the Golden Gate ASHRAE Chapter.
Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Pediatrics, Fielding School of Public Health + the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Fielding, M.D., is chair of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and was a founding member of the U.S. Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. He currently is a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Fielding served for 16 years as the director of public health and health officer for the Los Angeles County. Formerly, he was Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He served as president and regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 original articles, commentaries, editorials and chapters on various aspects of public health, preventive medicine, and health services. Dr. Fielding is an elected member of the Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and has served on its Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. He is the longstanding editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and a presidentially appointed member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health to the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. Dr. Fielding also served as a Director and Chair of the National Truth Initiative, dedicated to reducing tobacco use, and a Director of Shatterproof, a non-profit fighting addiction nationally.
Dr. Fielding received his medical degree with honors from Harvard School of Medicine and a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fielding received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight. Dr. Hall’s laboratory performs experiments in humans and rodents and develops mathematical models and computer simulations to help design, predict, and interpret experimental data. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the NIH Director’s Award, the NIDDK Director’s Award, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology, and his award-winning Body Weight Planner (http://BWPlanner.niddk.nih.gov) has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.
Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic
Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology and a Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases. He has joint appointments in Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine as well as in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Director of the Mayo Clinical Research Unit’s Energy Balance Core Laboratory and directs his own research laboratory in human integrative and environmental physiology. The majority of his research has focused on factors limiting human performance in various clinical syndromes, in athletes and under extreme environmental conditions. He has led field studies in Antarctica, funded through the National Science Foundation, on Mt Aconcagua in Argentina and Mt Everest and studied unique populations such as breath hold divers in Croatia and F22 pilots from the US Air Force. His clinical research focuses on novel methods for detection and tracking chronic disease as well as environmental factors that may be involved in disease risk. His laboratory also works closely with consumer and medical device companies that track health status through wearable or passive sensing as well as with early phase supplement and pharmaceutical company products. NIH, DOD, NSF, State of Minnesota and Industry have funded his work.
Federal Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in the US General Services Administration.
Kevin Kampschroer has created the framework for which the General Service Administration (GSA) responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He leads GSA’s weather and climate-related risk management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, concentrating on cost-effective energy and water efficiencies. His work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished the mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of sustainable design and training, as well as the creation of rigorous environmental management systems. Mr. Kampschroer led the creation of real estate portfolio management; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2 ). Mr. Kampschroer has worked for GSA for more than 40 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics, University Medical Center Groningen (Umcg), Groningen, the Netherlands
Folkert Kuipers, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, the Netherlands. From September 2008-March 2016 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UMCG. He studied biology/biochemistry at the University of Groningen and received his PhD degree in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen. His research program deals with regulation and development of lipid and cholesterol metabolism and transport in liver and intestine and with the interactions between carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in metabolic disorders associated with obesity and ageing. He is one of the initiators of the Alliance for Healthy Aging, a transatlantic network organization. He is (co-) author of >300 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised >25 PhD theses. He served, amongst others, as member of the Scientific Committees of the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (EASL), the European Lipoprotein Club (ELC) and the Dutch Atherosclerosis Society (DAS). Currently, he is a member of the Dutch Permanent National Committee Large Research Infrastructure and of the External Advisory Boards of the Pasteur Institute in Lille (France) and the Robert & Arlene Kogod Center for Aging Research at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA).
Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Steven Lockley, Ph.D. is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne and a Program Leader for the CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity in Australia.
Dr. Lockley received his BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Manchester, UK in 1992 and a PhD in 1997 from the University of Surrey after studying circadian rhythms in the blind. He has over 20 years’ experience on sleep and circadian rhythm research, and is a specialist in the effects of light on the circadian pacemaker and other ‘non-visual’ responses to light in sighted and blind individuals. He has studied the role of light timing, duration, intensity, wavelength and history and most notably to date, the wavelength sensitivity of the circadian photoreception system, supporting the remarkable earlier discovery of a novel non-rod, non-cone short-wavelength sensitive photoreceptor in ganglion cell layer of the human eye. Dr. Lockley has studied extensively the effects of blindness on sleep, circadian rhythm and alertness in laboratory and real-world settings, and has also studied the therapeutic benefits of light. He is currently performing functional ground, analog and flight tests of new ‘tunable’ solid-state lighting for the International Space Station. He has published more than 100 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on sleep and circadian rhythms and the NIH, NASA and others fund his research. He consults with a number of companies in the areas of sleep, circadian rhythms, light, jetlag and shiftwork. He recently co-authored ‘Sleep: A Very Short Introduction‘ from Oxford University Press. https://sleep.med.harvard.edu/people/faculty/163
FAIA, LEED AP, University Professor, Paul Mellon Professor, Andrew Mellon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian Loftness is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Professor of Medicine, Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Véronique L. Roger, M.D., MPH, a graduate of the Paris, France Medical School and the Minnesota School of Public Health, is the Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and outcomes researcher. Her research program focuses on the occurrence and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1996. It is linked within the internationally recognized Rochester Epidemiology Project.
Dr. Roger serves in several leadership roles within Mayo Clinic. She is a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, and serves as the Director of the Mayo Clinic, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science in Health Care Delivery. In this role, Dr. Roger oversees several initiatives relevant to the research use of clinical data. The Rochester Epidemiology Project (funded by NIH) has used clinical data for research in the community for more than 60 years. The High Value Health Care Collaborative1 and Optum labs2 are multicenter partnerships housed in the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery that foster the research use of clinical data in the electronic health record environment.
Nationally, Dr. Roger serves on committees and task forces of the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health, where she is a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council. Dr Roger is a member of the Association of American Physicians.
Author & Director of Research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic
Amit Sood, M.D., is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic and is a professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Sood has developed an innovative approach toward stress management and resiliency by incorporating concepts from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Several National Institutes of Health and foundation grants support his research into developing integrative and mind-body approaches in conventional medical care and promoting well-being. He is the author of the book, The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.
He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed original articles, as well as editorials, and book chapters. In 2008, ODE Magazine named him as one of 20 “Intelligent Optimists,” who are helping the world become a better place.
Dr. Sood completed his internal medicine training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in clinical research at Mayo Clinic.
Vice President, Chief Health Transformation Officer, IBM Watson Health, Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at Stanford University
At Watson Health, Dr. Tang is responsible for ensuring that IBM technologies, capabilities and data are applied to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, using cognitive insights.
Prior to coming to Watson Health, Dr. Tang was Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), overseeing the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, a disruptive innovation center focused on grand challenges in health. He was the first to implement an electronic health record system in California in 1999 and co-developed the personal health record system with Epic in 2000. Currently, over 86% of PAMF patients are using the personal health record system.
Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care in America, innovative uses of health information technology (HIT), empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the US. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and has served on numerous IOM study committees, including a patient-safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.
Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University and is a Board-certified practicing Internist.
There is a growing awareness and body of scientific evidence that indoor, built environments can affect human health and well-being, with the perception often being that indoor environments have a negative impact on health. New knowledge shows that by building healthier indoor environments, we can actually preserve and enhance human health and quality of life.
President, Delos Labs + Executive Director, Well Living Lab
Dana Pillai leads Delos Labs, the research and development arm of Delos Living. Some of the products developed at the labs are the WELL Building Standard and the Stay Well hotel room program. In the process of research, Dana helps guide intellectual property development and partners with renowned scientists and institutions to keep the company abreast of developments in the field of wellness.
Prior to joining Delos, Dana was a research coordinator at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he was instrumental in applying mapping technologies to assist the evaluation of development policies on infrastructure, education, health and agriculture. He established the Geographic Information System for the Millennium Villages Project – the flagship proof of concept vehicle for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Dana holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. He was also a William J Clinton Fellow for Service in India. Dana and his wife, Karen, live in Rochester, Minnesota with their two sons.
Senior Vice President, Delos Ventures + Administrative Director, Well Living Lab
Barbara Spurrier recently joined Delos as Senior Vice President, Ventures and Administrative Director, Well Living Lab. From 2008 to her appointment at Delos in January 2016, Barbara served as Administrative Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), responsible for building the CFI from the ground up, with a mission to transform the delivery and experience of health and health care, and advance a competency of innovation across Mayo Clinic.
Prior to 2008, she held professional appointments as Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine, Chief of Ambulatory Care at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and Senior Administrator at HealthPartners. Barbara has been active with the University of Minnesota, serving as a preceptor for students, a member of the MHA Alumni Board and participating as a guest lecturer in the business school. Barbara has a Leadership Quality Blackbelt Certification from the Juran Institute, is Past President of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Academic Practice Assembly, served on the MGMA Board of Directors and became a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) in 2008. Barbara is co-author of the 2015 book Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from Mayo Clinic.
Barbara received a BA in Economics and a Masters in Health Care Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota and held various training positions post-graduate school at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Minnesota Department of Health, VAMC and the Aga Khan Hospital in east Africa.
Medical Director, Well Living Lab + Consultant and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Brent Bauer, M.D., is director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, and has broad and varied research interests. Since its founding in 2001, the program has promoted a collaborative spirit that enables researchers from both within and outside Mayo Clinic to share resources, ideas and expertise regarding research in this exciting realm.
Dr. Bauer’s main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and over 100 papers on this topic, and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Bauer is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on over 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic evaluating CAM therapies, ranging from acupuncture to valerian. He is the Medical Director of Rejuvenate, the first spa at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director of the Well Living Lab — a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies. His work is at the forefront of the emerging field of integrative medicine, which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.
Building on existing standards, which guide developers and manufacturers of products and services toward the goal of healthier indoor spaces, the Well Living Lab will be a leader in translating scientific research into practical solutions for indoor environments that have the potential to enhance human health and quality of life in a multitude of ways.